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    HIV-killing condom to soon hit shelves in Australia

    A condom that can kill the HIV virus and designed by a bio-tech firm in Australia is set to hit stores within the next few months.

  • **FILE **  Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric HIV expert at Johns Hopkins' Children's Center in Baltimore, holds a vial while at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2005. (AP Photo/Johns Hopkins Medicine, File)

    HIV rate drops in U.S. for most groups; percentage for young gay, bisexual men up

    The nation's HIV rate has fallen by a third in the last decade, federal researchers said in a new report released in advance of this week's upcoming AIDS conference in Australia.

  • Blood units are prepared for storage at the National Center for Hematology and Transfusion in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's a grim reality for patients and families the struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders are thriving. (Associated Press)

    With new HIV research, FDA may let gay men donate blood

    A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy.

  • Feds shut down clinical trials for HIV vaccine, citing safety

    Federal authorities have shut down a clinical trial for an HIV vaccine after finding that test subjects were at risk for contracting the virus.

  • Nomvula Tshabalala (above), a hospital pharmacist, holds HIV medication while explaining proper dosage to a patient in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2009.

    Women's failure to take meds undermines AIDS-prevention plan, study finds

    Taking daily doses of HIV-prevention pills or gels did not prevent transmission of the deadly virus, in large part because the African women involved in the study did not follow the recommended treatment regimen, researchers said Monday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.

  • **FILE** Lawrence Stallworth II (left), 20, of Cleveland, who was diagnosed with HIV at age 17, speaks July 22, 2012, on a youth panel at the International AIDS Conference in Washington. Stallworth learned he was infected with HIV at age 17, when he was a high-school senior, after a hospitalization. A black gay man, he's among one of the nation's highest-risk groups. (Associated Press)

    Report: Time for U.S. to 'relinquish' control in global AIDS fight

    A U.S. program that has generated hopes around the world that the AIDS pandemic can be defeated should start "relinquishing" more control to its partner countries, according to an independent evaluation prepared for Congress.

  • **FILE** The popular HIV-fighting pill Truvada can help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS, a federal drug panel has affirmed. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)

    Teens born with HIV not telling partners

    A significant number of sexually active U.S. teens who were born with HIV either didn't know their own status when they started having sex, or they knew it but didn't disclose it to their first sex partners, a new study says.

  • Experts: Africa countries lose out on AIDS funding

    African nations are not receiving adequate international funding to fight HIV/AIDS, leaving them to face catastrophic consequences without enough medication, an independent, global medical and humanitarian organization said Thursday.

  • FDA panel backs first rapid, take home HIV test

    American consumers may soon be able to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their own homes, after a panel of experts on Tuesday recommended approval of the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test.

  • Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill at her office in San Francisco on May 10, 2012. The pill, already used to treat people with HIV, also helps prevent the virus from infecting healthy people. (Associated Press)

    Advocates: HIV prevention pill could save lives

    A pill to prevent HIV infection is already being given to some healthy people, but without government approval, it remains out of reach and too costly for many who need it.

  • Advocates: HIV prevention pill could save lives

    A pill to prevent HIV infection is already being given to some healthy people, but without government approval, it remains out of reach and too costly for many who need it.

  • SIMMONS: HIV/AIDS and illiteracy are a deadly duo

    As we try to straighten the tangled web we have weaved around the HIV/AIDS crisis, the nation's capital is gearing up for a very special confab this summer, the 2012 International AIDS Conference, just as a cultural battle brews anew in America.

  • Testing for HIV together, hearing results together

    Newly dating and slightly anxious, two men bared their arms for blood tests and pondered the possibility that one of them, or both, could be infected with HIV. An innovative program _ called Testing Together _ would allow them to hear their test results minutes later, while sitting side by side.

  • "The number of HIV infections remains far too high. HIV is preventable, and we need to do more to prevent it," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The Washington Times)

    National HIV infection rate levels off

    An estimated 50,000 HIV cases are diagnosed each year in America, indicating that the infection rate for the deadly disease is relatively stable — although at an unacceptably high level, public health officials said Wednesday.

  • In a May 2006 file photo, Gilead Sciences Inc. Chief Executive John Martin holds a Truvada pill bottle in a lab in Foster City, Calif. Scientists have an exciting breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. Daily doses of Truvada, a pill already used to treat infection with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, helped prevent healthy gay men from catching it through sex with an infected partner. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    Daily HIV pill use yields strong results

    Men who faithfully take a daily pill that contains drugs to treat HIV can reduce their risk of catching the deadly virus by up to 73 percent, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Tuesday.

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